LeBron James Won’t Be In The Playoffs This Year
It’s official: LeBron James has been eliminated from the NBA Playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
The Lakers were out defeated on Friday night when the Brooklyn Nets beat them in a tight race of 111-106. As for the team itself, this will be the sixth year in a row the Lakers have missed the postseason, which just so happens to be a franchise record (but not the good kind). This loss also drops the Los Angeles Lakers’ record to 31-41 for the entire season.
LeBron’s signing at the beginning of this season originally gave the Lakers something to look forward to. It was all good just a few months ago, when the team was in fourth place in the Western Conference after a Christmas Day victory against Golden State. But that’s also when things started to go downhill, as James suffered a groin injury during that same game and had to sit out for a career-long 17 games. The Lakers ended up only winning 6 of those 17 games without him and the team as a whole just wasn’t able to bounce back.
This transition to the Lakers also marks a big year of firsts (or at least the firsts in a long time) for LeBron. In addition to missing out on the postseason for the first time in 14 years, LeBron’s streak of playing in eight consecutive NBA Finals has officially come to an end. The last Finals without LeBron were in 2010, when the Lakers beat the Celtics in seven games.
The only bright side to this? LeBron has a lot of stuff up his sleeve outside of basketball, so he probably won’t be too bored during his extra time off.